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Vivary Park

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Vivary Park

Vivary Park is Taunton’s premium park, located just minutes away from the town centre. At 7.5 hectares, Vivary Park is the perfect place to go for a picnic, a stroll or to spend the day. The dedicated work of the parks staff and friends group is reflected in the sheer beauty of the floral displays and a number of awards picked up by the park. Vivary Park is a perfect surviving example of a simple municipal park from the late Victoria period. 

The park is an important part of Taunton’s history. Since at least 1851 the Taunton Flower Show has occupied Vivary Park for the first weekend in August, due to its ideal location in the town.  Previously a medieval vivarium for the priory and castle, Vivary Park was officially laid out in 1895 as a public space for recreation and organised events. The iconic front gates and bandstand still stand today. In 1902, an Oak tree was planted close to the bandstand to mark the coronation of Edward VII. The fountain was unveiled in 1907 as a memorial to the late Queen Victoria. 

To this day, Vivary Park is still one of the top attractions in the town. The park now accommodates a large childrens adventure play area, tree trail, tennis courts, golf course, miniature golf, bowling green as well as a nearby café. The Vivary Adventure Centre, Vivary Tennis Club and Vivary Golf Course are all managed by GLL/Better. 

Opening Times

Opening (1 Jan 2019 - 31 Dec 2019)

* January 7:45am - 5:00pm
February 7:45am – 5:30pm
March 7:45am – 6:30pm/7:30pm (time change at start of BST)
April 7:45am – 8:30pm
May 7:45am – 9:30pm
June 7:45am – 10:00pm
July 7:45am – 10:00pm
August 7:45am – 9:30pm
September 7:45am – 8:30pm
October 7:45am – 7:30pm/6:30pm (time change at end of BST)
November 7:45am – 5:30pm
December 7:45am – 5:00pm

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